Double victory at the season finale at the Hockenheimring
Reiterberger gives BCC Racing a double home win
This weekend, the final of the IDM - International German Motorcycle Championship - took place at the Hockenheimring - not far from Heilbronn, the home of the BCC Racing Team, for which Markus Reiterberger has been at the start since the race in Schleiz.
The 27-year-old has dominated the timesheets since the first free practice session and took turns at the top with Florian Alt, another BMW rider. Thanks to the support of alpha Racing and some changes to the chassis of the BMW M 1000 RR, Reiti got along really well this weekend. Andy Gerlich's BCC Racing Team has prepared a great motorcycle for the Youngster from Obing, with which he drove to victory twice on today's Race-Sunday and thus secured sixth place in the overall standings of the SBK 1000 class despite his shortened season.
Tomorrow, Reiti will go to his next assignment. With his EWC team-mate and this year's German champion Ilya Mikhalchik, he will go to Most tomorrow to prepare for the season finale of the endurance world championship in two weeks on the Czech race track.
Today was an intense day. The team and I worked well together all weekend and I am very happy that we got the support of alpha Racing. That was the missing addition for the team, what we still needed to take the next step with the BMW M 1000 RR. We were able to improve session by session. In qualifying I may not have done the perfect lap, but there were a lot of fast and consistent laps and that gave me confidence for the races. Unfortunately the weather didn't play along that well today. I had hoped that it would be warm like yesterday, because I was by far the fastest. I got off to a relatively good start in the first race, but then it was redflagged. The restart was also quite good and I was able to hold positions two and three well. Unfortunately, Ilya (Mikhalchik) then had a brutal highsider crash that gave us all a pretty scare. We were all really lucky that nothing worse happened. I then rode in a duel with Florian Alt, from which I emerged as the winner. The second race, in which I got off to a great start from ninth place, went very well. I was able to make up places continuously. When the rain got a bit heavier and I was a bit more careful, a few people passed me. Since I knew I could do my laps to the end, I waited a bit. When the rain subsided and I felt safer again, I opened the throttle and a double victory like that feels great. It's just fantastic for my team, for whom the race at the Hockenheimring is also their home race. They all deserve it very much. I am very happy that I was able to bring them these victories. The IDM has grown in level so brutally and it was once again a lot of fun to have been a part of this season. Thanks to the team and everyone who made this possible for me.